Everyone have a good time at Truck Festival? Yeah that one fell right on deadline for us, but the line-up looked awesome and so far the reviews are all good. But onwards and upwards to the month ahead – it’s still festival season and there’s still some great acts out on the circuits. Some are from our ends, some a little north and others from across the way. Exciting things are coming up this month…

The Oxymora / Palm Rose – The Victoria, Swindon, August 9

Palm Rose
The Oxymora – photograph by Shot by Brock

Two of my favourite performances from Swindon Shuffle were from Palm Rose and The Oxymora. Although both are new bands, they came to the stage quickly surpassing the beginners stage. It’s gonna be a good one. It’s a triple tier of dream pop, grunge and gloom. Free entry.


Ari Roar – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford, August 14

The solo artists and dream boat from Dallas is heading out on warm up shows leading up to Green Man.

A much gentler War on Drugs/Kurt Vile vibe and dare I say resonates with The Beatles – beautiful soothing indie sounds. Tickets £6.


Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, August 23 

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life.


The Night Cafe – O2 Academy, Oxford, September 25

The Night Café

 The Night Café have returned with new track ‘Turn’.

‘Turn’ is the second cut to come from the Liverpool outfit’s much-anticipated second EP, due out in early 2018 via Kobalt, and follows ‘Felicity’.

From The Bullingdon to the O2 these guys are only going up.